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Wednesday’s Wise Woman … Mary mother of Jesus.

December 26, 2012

Jesus, Mary and Joseph depicted in stained glass

Mary, Joseph and Jesus. 

As it is Boxing Day and still the so called celebration of the birth of Jesus; I thought that Mary his mother might be considered a wise woman.  There is little known about her and that can only be gleaned from the Letters of James and Luke; two of Jesus’ disciples.
Her parents were Joachim and Anne; she was living with them in Galilee, Nazareth during her betrothal, the first stage of her Jewish marriage to Joseph.
During this time the angel Gabriel told Mary and Joseph that the bride was going to have the Messiah by immaculate conception; while they were a surprised by the announcement they carried on with their wedding plans.
Joseph was from the House of David and the tribe of Judah. So when the Roman Emperor Augustus decreed that all men should return home to pay his taxes, Joseph took his new and pregnant wife back to Bethlehem.
The town was very busy and every available room was taken; so when Mary went into labour the child was delivered in a nearby stable among the cows, sheep and probably other taxpayers.
This was not a very comfortable place for her confinement until the baby was circumcised according to Jewish law eight days later. When she had rested they returned to Nazareth.
Mary’s name is not mentioned much until later and then without detail.
It was Mary who suggested that Jesus changed the water into wine at a wedding they were attending in Cana.  Mary may have been present during her son’s crucifixion and mentioned by name among the eleven apostles in the upper room after the ascension.
After this there is no other reference in the Bible. Although the Catholics believe she is the ‘heavenly woman’ mentioned in the Book of Revelations.
There is no clear indication when she died and how she spent the rest of her days.
The earliest extant bibliographic writing of Mary is the Life of a Virgin attributed to the 7th century Saint Maximus the Confessor which portrays her as a key figure in the early Christian Church after her son’s death.
From this simple look it would seem that Mary has been a fine role model for mothers through the ages; particularly for those who have lost children in tragic circumstances and have gone on to pay tribute to them and honour their short and precious lives.  

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